Jodie Foster sued Polygram Filmd Entertainment and Propaganda Films last year when it looked like the studio would be doing “The Game” without her. It claimed that it was bound to the film by an oral agreement and that it had therefore withdrawn from the market during the film`s production plan. The complaint was subsequently resolved. Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. advises clients who have entered into contracts with TLC, Elsevier Publishing, Starz, Discovery Communications, Focal Press, Smithsonian Network, WE: The Women`s Entertainment Network, The Science Technology Network, IDW Publishing and Sony Entertainment. His clients` work can be seen on Marvel and DC comic book pages, as well as on film, television, computer and mobile screens around the world. As a former television producer and director of development for STN, Thomas has spent most of the past two decades finding ways to make legal concepts difficult for creatives. The flip side of the Foster lawsuit is the trial of Kim Basinger for “Boxing Helena.” The argument arose when the actress backed off from the film, with the producers claiming that her attachment was an obligation.

The courts have ruled in favour of the producers. Television transactions are many problems that often arise in the entertainment industry. A customer is going to come up with a great idea for a TV show, and usually they pit this great idea, new idea for a reality show. In the first place, you need a network to broadcast the show to get it on TV. Without a network to broadcast the show, there is very little you can do. Other big questions are whether the show will be scripted or unscripted, whether the show is too similar to something that already exists and what kind of budget you are considering, your client is an author or producer. From a legal point of view, who walks with property rights in a situation where your client writes the pilot and the producer actually does the pilot? And is there a conflict of interest in the representation of an author and a producer? These are all important issues that need to be addressed during the negotiations. “Purchase agreements” (sometimes referred to as “producer seizure agreements”) are increasingly being used as alternatives to option agreements.

They are often considered comfortable substitutes, as they usually require less time and cost for negotiations.. . .